stand-up

adjective
\ ˈstand-ˌəp How to pronounce stand-up (audio) \

Definition of stand-up

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : erect, upright
b : stiffened to stay upright without folding over a stand-up collar
2 : performed in, performing in, or requiring a standing position a stand-up bar especially : of, relating to, performing, or being a monologue of jokes, gags, or satirical comments delivered usually while standing alone on a stage or in front of a camera stand-up comedy a stand-up comedian
3 : marked by a high degree of personal integrity or loyalty a stand-up guy

stand-up

noun

Definition of stand-up (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : stand-up comedy also : a performer of such comedy
2 : a television broadcast in which the reporter or narrator faces the camera with the scene of the story in the background

stand up

verb
stood up; standing up; stands up

Definition of stand up (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to rise to a standing position
2 : to remain sound and intact under stress, attack, or close scrutiny

transitive verb

: to fail to keep an appointment with
stand up for
: to defend against attack or criticism
stand up to
1 : to meet fairly and fully
2 : to face boldly
stand up with
: to be best man or maid of honor for at a wedding ceremony

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Examples of stand-up in a Sentence

Verb

a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis

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Orthostatic hypotension occurs when the blood rushes to the feet and away from the brain as someone stands up after sitting or lying down. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Exercise in space keeps astronauts from fainting when they return to Earth, study says," 19 July 2019 On the Ronin SC, Force Mobile will let users stand up to 82 feet away and move their smartphones around to control where the camera and gimbal are pointing. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "DJI’s new $439 Ronin gimbal is made for mirrorless cameras," 17 July 2019 The NeverKink Pro is a heavy-duty hose that will move a lot of water quickly and stand up to rough conditions. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Garden Hoses for More Than Just Your Garden," 16 July 2019 Mouth agape, jaw on the floor, every hair standing up … that was the feeling watching Vlad Jr. out-do the Derby legends of Ken Griffey Jr. and Josh Hamilton and Giancarlo Stanton by murdering nearly a hundred baseballs. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Why Isn't Mookie Betts a Household Name? It's Complicated," 16 July 2019 That's why gardening professionals rely on plant trials to see which cultivars resist powdery mildew and stand up to the heat. Karel Holloway, Dallas News, "Dallas Arboretum releases newest plant recommendations — veggies included — for North Texas," 10 July 2019 The two are on a date when Hopper (David Harbour) storms out after getting stood up by Joyce (Winona Ryder). Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Stranger Things Snuck a Queer Eye Crossover into Season 3 — and Fans Can't Get Enough of It," 9 July 2019 Ultimately, granite and quartz both stand up well to etching, abrasions, and heat; neither are affected by acid, like marble. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Main Differences Between Quartz and Granite," 17 June 2019 The caller told police the naked man was about 50 feet from their dock, standing up and in full view of their picture window. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Brooklyn Center man accused of fishing in the nude on his pontoon," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of stand-up

Adjective

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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stand-up

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stand-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done by a performer who is standing alone on a stage
: performing stand-up comedy
: done in or requiring a standing position

stand-up

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stand-up (Entry 2 of 2)

: stand-up comedy
: a performer who does stand-up comedy : a stand-up comedian

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